Mar 20, 2013 / 11:40 am
It's a growing trend the City of Kelowna wants to nip in the bud - dogs chasing deer in Knox Mountain Park.
The problem appears to be caused by dogs being walked in the park off-leash.
"Knox Mountain Park, while used heavily by residents is a wildlife area," says Urban Forestry Supervisor Blair Stewart.
"Year round, wildlife is present in the park and the temptation to chase wildlife can prove too great for off-leash dogs. It;s not just wildlife they chase but also other dogs and people who might not appreciate it."
Regional District dog control staff patrol the park at least once a day - including a a walking tour of the Paul's Tomb trail.
Owners of pets that come into conflict with a wild animal could face a $345 fine.
Kelowna does have nine off-leash parks within city limits. These include:
- Cedar Creek Park, 5200 Lakeshore Rd.
- Duggan Park, 1494 Bernard Ave. (small dogs only)
- Ellison Centennial Park, Old Vernon Road at the Ellison Firehall
- Enterprise Way Dog Park, 2500 Enterprise Way behind the Shaw Cable building
- Knox Mountain Park, fenced dog run located just inside the second gate
- Mission Recreation Park, fenced area off Lexington Rd. near Mission Creek Greenway parking lot
- North Glenmore Dog Park, across from the landfill
- Rowcliffe Park (Central Green Park), 575-599 Harvey Ave.
- Rutland Recreation Park, Hartman Rd.
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